November 30, 2006
Japan Enacts Tougher Consumer Product Law
According to an article in the Japan Times, the Japan House of Councilors adopted amendments to the Consumer Product Safety Law on Wednesday that will require manufacturers and importers to report serious accidents caused by their products. The Consumer Product Safety Law is due to take effect in the spring. The amendments were prompted by a series of serious injuries and fatal accidents caused by gas-powered water heaters and criticisms of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry for failing to issue prompt warnings about the heaters and warnings about the dangers to children from shredding machines. Other laws require motor vehicle and pharmaceutical manufacturers to report accidents, but the new law applies to all other consumer products. Companies are required by the law to inform the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of serious accidents caused by their products. The Ministry will then post the generic names of those products on its website and disclose the specific product names and their sellers when the Ministry believes that there is a risk of recurrence of the hazards. The penalty for deliberately concealing facts is a maximum prison term of one year or a fine of up to 1 million yen.
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